World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature has launched a Forest Restoration and Carbon Absorption (FRECAR) project in Uganda aimed at regeneration of the natural forests for carbon sequestration.
During the project launch, David Duli, WWF Uganda Country Director revealed that the project will last for a period of 20 years with a total funding of 4M USD from VELUX Foundation, Denmark.
Duli said that the project is as a result of the increasing rate of forest loss in the country due to deforestation.
Duli noted that the project is targeting the forests in the Muzizi and Budongo Ranges which according to the State of Forests Report 2015, showed the highest levels of forest loss (over 60% of the forests in this region have been lost between 2005 and 2015).
The project will be implemented in the Bugoma-Kagombe Landscape which comprises of Bugoma, Kyamurangi Group of CFRs, Kagombe and Kitechura/ Ibambaro CFRs; using a mix of approaches that include active planting on the CFRs, boundary strengthening, and engaging communities to participate in the protection of the CFRs, reduce pressure and have improved livelihood.
“This grand restoration agenda will contribute to both the national target as enshrined in the Vision 2040 and National Development Plan III. We are cognizant that the country is working to restore landscapes back to the 1990 levels. We applaud efforts to move from 9% in 2013/14 to currently 12% as of 2021. We hope that our efforts will contribute to the 24% target,” Duli said.
He noted that the long-term outcome of the project is “Forest cover in the landscape are regenerated to create a positive impact on carbon stocks and community benefits” with a focus of at least 1 million tons of CO2 Emissions in the 20th year of the project.
“The project outcomes relate to amongst others,capacities for forest management and climate reporting in the landscape improved, forest cover outside protected areas increased including a few remaining natural forests on private lands; better and improved lives for the communities in the landscape,” Duli added.
Duli observed that the Lead Implementing Partneris National Forestry Authority (NFA) which isexpected to exhibit a lot of proactive engagement and keen interest in ensuring the project is delivered on schedule, technically sound and financially transparent.